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THE suave and the sensible

As the long and harsh months of summer begin to beat down upon us, it is imperative that we dedicate column space to ensembles that are both elegant and sensible in this heat and humidity. There should be little discord among fashion enthusiasts that focusing on the colour white will amply serve both these prerequisites. Star Lifestyle, in collaboration with Maheen Khan, presents to you an elaborate interpretation of the timeless elegance and heat-reflecting capacities of a white summer wardrobe. Flip to our centre for more!



The suave and the sensible

Maheen Khan
Fashion designer, Mayasir



White summer days
Summer has arrived and it presents itself with all its brilliance. It appears with its strength and vivacity in full bloom. The north westerns have finally cleared the veils of dust and nature shines and earth blossoms in glorious May. We might as well celebrate the dictates of mother earth, its flora and fauna. Thus white is the ideal complement to the colourful environment. Let us look at some white options.

White shirts
Open front shirts are practical. Buttoned down with chest pockets can come with cap quarter or in full-length cuffed sleeves. They look very sporty with tie back attachments. These sleeves may be simply gathered or pleated on the shoulder or sleeve ends. Mid-length in curved hemlines look best for these shirts although they look equally good even in a-line shift styles.

The classic shirt never goes out of style.

White kurtis
The name kurti derives from kurta relating to a Bangladeshi panjabi. Kurtis are the shorter female version. This ethnic garment is extremely popular especially in the summer months. Embroidered, printed or plain these are comfort clothes that apply well to our urban fashionistas. Short or mid-length kurtis are cut to cover our figure flaws while stylish in appearance.

Paired with trousers, denims or even patialas it radiates a contemporary yet ethnic look.

White T-shirts
Staple summers wear for all. Crew, v-necked or collared, a t-shirt is a great invention. In most women's wear t-shirts come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Unisex tees are simply in square forms with cap sleeves and more feminine styles can double as dresses. Printed and embellished in the most minimal or elaborate designs. T-shirts are a super statement ensemble. It has been used as a medium of expression over the last five decades to awaken and inspire art.

White kameez
This is a versatile piece of attire. Paired with bright prints or batik it feels rather summery. You can wear it long with asymmetrical hemlines; playful and paneled is very fresh and in current style. It must be noted that although very long kaftan styles may be in fashion, only wear it if you can carry it well. It definitely looks better if you are tall and lean. Otherwise stick to a-line or full hemmed rounded style that is not over the top and befitting for most figure types.

Summer accessories
White scarves are a must. It will protect you from the sun and add character to your personality. Wear it around your neck, tie it or wrap it over your head, it's just wonderful what one can actually do with it as it can be worn in many different ways.

Other options including hats, caps and umbrellas are all good to carry around. Protection from the sun is vital for our skin, so give them your personalised touch for uniqueness.

Pearl jewellery is a great accessory to summer wear. Small and dainty to large, bold pieces work well for most outfits. Pearls are said to have relaxing, cool qualities that set your nerves and relax your temperament. Personally I believe pearls are for all trends whether eclectic or western. Pearl strings in one or more layers matched with drop earrings are an all time symbol of ageless elegance.

Footwear is light for summer. Flip- flops are the most popular item. They are going from the simplest to the most elaborate. Gladiators are great for the more adventurous while the espadrilles are favourites for those who like to be high heeled.

Espadrilles are good for the ankle and posture as the wedges are better for balance; they come in corkwood, jute, and many other fibers and exude a natural earthy feel that is ideal for the summer months.

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Tanik
Make up: Farzana Shakil
Wardrobe and styling: Maheen Khan


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